The Cleveland Browns have officially activated cornerback Terrance Mitchell ahead of their Week 14 matchup against the Carolina Panthers, the team announced. To clear roster space, the team placed tight end Pharaoh Brown on injured reserve.
Mitchell was placed on the injured reserve list on Oct. 2 after fracturing his wrist in the second quarter of the team’s Week 4 matchup in Oakland.
Prior to going down, Mitchell had solidified himself as a starter opposite rookie corner Denzel Ward. Ward, of course, has been ruled out for this week’s game against the Panthers, so Mitchell’s return is certainly timely. New acquisition defensive back Phillip Gaines is also questionable to play.
Mitchell has 19 total tackles, an interception, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery in three-plus appearances for the Browns this season.
If Gaines isn’t able to go, the Browns should see extended usage of T.J. Carrie and Briean Boddy-Calhoun in their secondary. Last week, without Mitchell, and without Ward for much of the game, Carrie logged 100 percent of snaps, and Boddy-Calhoun and Gaines played over half of them.
Boddy-Calhoun and Gaines were the top-two graded Browns defenders last week by Pro Football Focus, coming in at first overall and 15th for defensive backs.